Chickasaw County


Pfc. Virgil E. Maurer





SUMNER - Virgil Maurer, whose parents, Mr. and Mrs Ed Maurer live on a farm near Fredericksburg, has been killed in action, relatives learned Wednesday. When last heard from, he was in Italy.

The soldier's wife, the former Florence Pfiester of Fayette, has been working in Oelwein, but was with her parents when the ware department telegram arrived. Maurer had been overseas nearly three years.

Source: The Oelwein Daily Register, Dec. 28, 1944

Son-in-Law Of Oelwein Couple War Casualty

from Local News Desk --

Pfc. Virgil Maurer, whose parents live in Fredericksburg, was reported killed in action in France Dec. 12th.

His wife, the former Clara Mae Pfiester of Fayette, received the telegram Dec 26th. She resides with her parents here in Oelwein. Pfc Maurer had been overseas 21 months. He served in Africa, Italy and France.

Source: The Oelwein Daily Register, Dec. 29, 1944


Fredericksburg Yank was Across 21 Months

Fredericksburg - Mr. and Mrs. Edward Maurer of Fredericksburg received a telegram from the war department stating that their son, Pfc. Virgil Edward Maurer, 29, was killed in action in France, Dec. 12.

He was graduated fro the Sumner high school in May 1933, received his training at Camp Wolters, Tex. and Camp Edwards, Mass. He had been overseas 21 months.

He is survived by his wife the former Clara Mae Pfiester, a brother Lt. Dalton Maurer, Shaw Field, Sumpter, S. Car., and sisters Mrs. M. E. Lonergan and Ardys and Gloria at home with their parents.

Source: The Mason City Globe-Gazette, Dec. 29, 1944


Word from the war department to his parents, Mr. and Mrs Edward Maurer, Fredericksburg, and to his wife, Clara Pfiester Mauerer, at Oelwein, chronicled the death of Pfc. Virgil Maurer, in battle Dec. 12, in France. He was living in Sumner when inducted and had been overseas 21 months, seeing action in Africa, Italy and France. He was a nephew of F.W. Maurer of Fayette and at one time worked at the local dairy farm.

Source: Fayette Co Leader, January 4, 1945


Eighty-five Iowans are among the remains of 2,918 Americans who lost their lives during World War II and were due to arrive from Europe aboard the U.S. Army transport, Haiti Victory, Thursday.

Armed forces dead originally interred in temporary military cemeteries in northern France, Holland, and Luxembourg are among those being brought to their homes in this country.

North Iowans in the list include the following, the next of kin being indicated with each:

Pfc. Virgil E. Maurer; Edward H. Maurer, Fredericksburg.

Source: The Mason City Globe-Gazette, March 18, 1949

Virgil Edward Maurer was born Dec. 28, 1915 to Edward H. and Mabel V. Moser Maurer. He died Dec. 12, 1944 and is memorialized in Wilson Grove Cemetery, Sumner, IA.

Pvt. Maurer served in World War iI with the U.S. Army Cannon Co., 141st Infantry, 3rd Division.